This fall activity is a creative and completely hands-on approach to teaching children about autumn. Use it as a whole group activity, as part of a learning center or as an assessment. Either way, students will enjoy the sensory activity and you will enjoy the many skills it incorporates–math (sorting), science (investigation) and literacy (labeling). Here are the details on how to implement it:

  1. Students will first collect items that they find in nature during the fall season. If time is limited, items can be gathered ahead of time for the students to sort through. Be sure to gather one long stick per student to create the stem for each leaf.
  2. A large leaf pattern will be traced and cut out of butcher paper (1 per student).
  3. The title Autumn Is… will be written at the top of each large leaf.
  4. Each student will sort nature items according to color/category (e.g. red leaves, brown leaves, acorns, wheat, etc.).
  5. Groups of items will be glued onto large paper leaf.
  6. Items are labeled.

Possible Modifications/Adaptations:

For students that may have difficulty with sorting and/or labeling, here are two options:

  1. Have large leaves already labeled. Students can then choose items out of labeled bins to glue accurately onto the leaf.
  2. Have items already sorted in labeled bins. Students will choose items, glue them and then label using the already created label as a guide.